Premier League fans circled this game on the calendar months ago. Manchester City versus Liverpool. Even though both sides have eight games remaining including this fixture, the winner is in the driver’s seat for the Premier League title.
Liverpool and Manchester City have been so dominant in the Premier League this year. While just one point separates these top two sides, there is a 13-point gap between Liverpool and third-place Chelsea.
As of now, both sides control their destiny. Whichever side wins this game has the inside track. Meanwhile, the loser would need its rival to drop points over the final seven games. In the event of a draw, Manchester City’s one-point lead would be the buffer between the two.
Manchester City-Liverpool will take the headlines, but there are other games to keep an eye on in the Premier League. Burnley’s defeat of Everton midweek made the relegation battle much more intense entering the final stretch.
Everton hosts Manchester United with both sides desperate for points. Everton’s struggles have the Toffees on the verge of relegation for the first time since 1951. On the other hand, Manchester United is on the verge of missing out on European competition. It is a massive failure of a season for two sides that finished in the top-half of the table a season ago.
Watford and Leeds are also entrenched in the relegation scrap with Everton. Positive results from Jesse Marsch’s side have Leeds on the verge of escape. Roy Hodgson’s Watford are certainly underdogs to survive.
The clash at the Etihad is by far the biggest game in this season’s Premier League. To commemorate the coverage, NBC is sending its crew out to England for pitchside coverage of the weekend’s games.
Starting on Friday, Rebecca Lowe, Tim Howard and Robbie Earle will host an hourlong pregame show from St. James’ Park at 2 p.m. Then, on Saturday, Lowe, Howard and Robbie Mustoe are live from Villa Park. Premier League Mornings precedes Manchester United against Everton.
Finally, on Sunday, the four-man crew travels to the Etihad for the usual studio shows.
Goal Rush returns for the usual Saturday at 10 a.m. window. There are just three games on the docket for that time, but viewers will not miss a single key moment. That is exclusively on Peacock Premium.
Two of the games this weekend will be viewable in 4K resolution, regardless of provider that you use. Saturday’s Everton vs. Manchester United Game is in 4K. Then, unsurprisingly, Manchester City against Liverpool can also be watched in 4K.
NBC commentator schedule: Apr. 8-10
Friday, Apr. 8
Saturday, Apr. 9
10 a.m. — Arsenal vs. Brighton and Hove Albion. Peacock Premium. — Pien Meulensteen and Matt Upson.
10 a.m. — Watford vs. Leeds United. Peacock Premium. — Seb Hutchinson and David Phillips.
Sunday, Apr. 10
9 a.m. — Brentford vs. West Ham. Peacock Premium. — Rob Palmer and Tony Gale.
9 a.m. — Leicester City vs. Crystal Palace. Peacock Premium. — Tony Jones and Garry Birtles.
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